To give the best opportunity for the successful development of electric and hybrid/electric vehicles, it is essential to concentrate on the energy storage and to achieve competitive levels of energy density, power density, lifetime/reliability and, most of all, of cost. This project is designed to give the system supply industry in Europe the highest level of encouragement and direction to maximise their potential for reaching the targets.
The project involves the European car manufacturing companies and suppliers of battery/storage systems working together to specify, test and evaluate prototype and near production samples - concentrating on systems that show the best promise based on the knowledge and experience of partners from previous similar projects and other activity.
The project work planning is based on a three stage programme of: Test Procedures and system specifications, with Test Institute selection against tasks.
Testing - parameter, lifetime and safety - using common documentation & processes.
Evaluate technical and commercial performance - reporting and system comparisons.
To cover the less well developed system types, the work contains a "Feasibility" activity to examine and carry out limited testing on smaller samples and produce paperwork studies.
Expected Achievements and Exploitation
The data to be provided by this project will be of prime quality and of considerable benefit to exploitation policy making and investment planning in car manufacturers and system suppliers alike. This is because the project reflects the interests and direction of most of the European car manufacturers and achieves true comparative evaluation between competitive systems from the best European suppliers. The suppliers in turn have the opportunity to experience the needs and intentions of the car manufacturers at first hand in one point of contact.
Specific achievements will be:
Common test procedures for performance and safety that are agreed between all the car manufacturers involved. Similar common procedures for commercial evaluation.
Detailed knowledge of the technical and commercial capabilities of all of the main potential systems - advanced lead acid - nickel cadmium - nickel metal hydride - lithium carbon - zinc bromine - high temperature sodium.
Good understanding of longer term possible systems, including non-battery systems.
Complete information on all relevant technology developments world-wide. All information located on a common database.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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